Mantanza (Belen):

Community traditions dating back centuries are at the root of this annual pig roast. It is

about food, family and friends. And this annual Belen celebration welcomes new friends with open arms and a plate of barbecue. Come and fill up on the fine eating and the rich culture.

10 minutes from Rio Communities

Rio Abajo Days:

Honoring the Historical Roots and Lifestyle of the Lower Rio Grande River Community.  For more information, refer to the Belen Chamber of Commerce.

10 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

Valencia County Fair & Rodeo:

Celebrate the Valencia County small-town atmosphere that displays different types of horse-related activities, activities for the kids, live music and the western lifestyle.  It includes livestock competition plus a wide variety of farm products.  The fair also includes the best little  rodeo around, a carnival and many traditional fair events.  It is aimed at the FFA and FHA clubs and their members.  It is precluded by a city parade.

10 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall


Balloon Festival:

Each fall, pilots, crews and spectators from all over the world come to the Albuquerque

balloon festival, known as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, the world’s largest hot air ballooning event. For nine days during the first full week of October, hundreds of colorful balloons float above the city each morning as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains. It’s no wonder this visual feast is said to be the world’s most photographed event.  The sight of 500 hot air balloons in the air at the same time is more than memorable.

40 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall


St. Patrick’s Day Hot Air Balloon Rallye: 

An annual tradition in Valencia County NM since 1984. This has

become the second largest balloon rally in NM, and the second largest Special Shapes event in the American Southwest.  The City of Belen is proud to welcome Darth Vader to our annual St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rally! Join us for three days of family fun, food, prizes, and of course balloons! You can even win a ride on Darth Vader!

10 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall


Follow the Star:

A Christmas time event that inspires traditional, spiritual journey to celebrate the birth of

Our Lord and honor the Christian heritage of Belen’ (Spanish for Bethlehem).

Greater Belen Business Expo:

A Business EXPO at the Belen Community Center (Eagle Park) in cooperation

with NM Workforce Connection, the Small Business Development Center at UNM-VC, and UNM-VC. . The EXPO included four major events: a Trade Fair, Jobs Fair, Business/Education Round Table, and Development Workshops

 Farmers Markets:

Markets exist in several surrounding communities.  All feature organic grown produce from farms in the area.  Freshest produce available.

10-30 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall

 Isleta Amphitheatre:  

 A full program of stage shows and sporting events.  Contact for calendar of events.   

30 minutes from Rio Communities City Hall                                         

Sunflower Festival:


Come celebrate sunflowers, life, art and music in scenic Mountainair, NM